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Evangeline (for symphony chamber orchestra)
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Released: Jul 15, 2010 | 6:11 PM
Category: Classical
Application: [unknown]
Loop Use: No loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 18.15 MB

Plays: 985
Downloads: 3
Weekly Plays: 0
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Statistic reset day: Thursday

License: No derivative works allowed
Notes about the Score: This "Evangeline" piece is a loosely defined arch form chamber orchestra work, characterized by motivic ostinato patterns and episodes. The composition is written in tribute to H. W. Longfellow's epic poem, set in the 18th century village of Grand-Pre Acadia, now known as Nova Scotia. No sooner are Evangeline and Gabriel to be married, when King George II of England orders Acadia to be fortified, and the Acadians dispersed. The betrothed become separated in the ensuing confusion, and Evangeline spends the rest of her life wandering through America in search of her beloved Gabriel. After many years, she finally finds Gabriel while working as a sister of mercy for the terminally ill. Evangeline perishes soon after, and the two lovers are buried side by side:

“Still stands the forest primeval; but far away from it’s
shadow, Side by side their nameless graves, the lovers
are sleeping.”
H. W. Longfellow

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soulima Artist

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Lots of very nice things going on here -- motives, episodic treatment. Lots to like. Besides the rendering (poor brasses, so-so strings, and the mix is odd--very loud clarinet and bassoon sounds). One suggestion for improvement in regards to composition, lies in the use of texture. A lot of the piece was quite busy and texturally full most of the time. Although you did drop out from time to time, constant full tutti generally wears on the good graces of the listener. Still, there's lots to like here. Keep writing!
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Very cleaver piece the motives are well constructed and I think the balance is very good. however the production abilities on notation software (takes nothing from the fine composition) is limited. The woodwinds and Brass need to sit further back in the mix slightly with a bit of delay - as the sound would from the back of the hall when it reaches the audience. This is a small point.

Very good work and I agree lots to like here well done. Fav
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